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Estate planning is a critical component of securing the financial future of your loved ones. However, when it comes to blended families, the process can become exponentially more involved. With the complex dynamics and relationships involved, careful consideration and strategic planning are paramount to ensure your wishes are honored and potential conflicts are mitigated. As
Probate can be a daunting process, especially for those who are unfamiliar with its intricacies. When a loved one passes away, their estate often enters probate, a legal process that involves validating the deceased’s will (if there is one), identifying and inventorying assets, paying debts and taxes, and distributing remaining assets to beneficiaries. In Wisconsin,
As co-founder of Horn & Johnsen SC, John relies on 30+ years of experience in tailored estate planning. With a friendly attitude and a commitment to practical solutions, John has earned rave reviews for his strategic approach to trust and will planning. In essence, John understands that people entrust their estate planning attorneys with the
In the world of legal professionals, it’s not every day that you come across someone as dedicated, experienced, and personable as Attorney Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy. As a shareholder and co-founder of Horn & Johnsen SC, Dera brings a wealth of knowledge and a personal touch to her practice, specializing in estate planning, probate, and adult
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Estate planning is a crucial step in ensuring the smooth transfer of assets and the preservation of wealth for future generations. When considering estate planning options, three common instruments often come to mind: wills, revocable trusts, and irrevocable trusts. Each serves a distinct purpose, and understanding their differences can help you make informed decisions based
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Life is unpredictable, and while it’s natural to focus on the present, it’s imperative to consider the future as well. ​A part that often goes overlooked is planning for the possibility of mental incapacity, which is a condition in which an individual ​cannot make decisions or understand and appreciate the consequences of their actions due
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Asset freezing is a legal process by which a court or government agency can prevent individuals or businesses from disposing of or accessing their assets, such as bank accounts, investments, and property. The purpose of asset freezing is to prevent the transfer of assets that may be involved in criminal or fraudulent activities, and to
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Do I need a revocable living trust, a will or both? While a will’s intent may seem straightforward, there’s a more direct way to ensure your assets are handled according to your wishes after your death, saving your heirs time and hassle in dealing with the courts. A revocable living trust (RLT) generally involves three
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Why is it important for me to have a will?

Contrary to popular opinion, a will is not only for the wealthy. It allows you to decide how your assets are distributed once you pass away. More than 50% of Americans think that estate planning is at least somewhat important, but only 33% have a will or living trust. That number has only slightly increased

Estate Planning at Every Stage of Your Life!

Although we all know how important it is to have an estate plan, we don’t always realize how different stages or events in our life can affect estate planning. Whether you are looking to have kids, you are going through the midlife challenges of caring for your children and your own aging parents, or if


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